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What Are My Chances at Harvard Business School?

Harvard Business School, Stanford GSB, Wharton and other top business schools have become so competitive that none can be called a target anymore, even if you have a 3.9 from Stanford, a high GMAT score and stellar work experience. As an MBA applicant, you may have heard that you should apply to some stretch schools,… View Article

Top MBA Programs Deadlines and Essay Prompts 2018-2019

(*This article will be updated as dates and prompts are updated on school websites.) The schools are listed in the order they appear on US News & World Report’s 2019 Best Business Schools. Harvard Business School Application Deadlines: R1 9/5/18 R2 1/3/19 Decision Dates: R1 12/11/18 R2 3/26/19 Essay Prompt:  As we review your application,… View Article

The MBA Tour US: MBA & Business Master’s Conferences

Meet Columbia, MIT Sloan, UCLA, Chicago Booth, Kellogg, Stanford, and more top business programs! Join us in a city near you: Seattle: Thursday, July 12 Los Angeles: Saturday, July 14 San Francisco: Sunday, July 15 Houston: Tuesday, July 17 Atlanta: Thursday, July 19 NYC: Saturday, July 21 Chicago: Monday, July 23 DC: Wednesday, July 25… View Article

MBAnalysis Blog: What’s the right degree for you? The Vanderbilt MBA or MSF?

I had the opportunity to catch up with Maura Clark, Director of Admissions for the Master of Science in Finance Program at the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management. As many of you may know from reading my blogs, Vanderbilt is one of my favorite emerging business schools. With its strong health care presence in… View Article

Early Action/Decision and Rolling Admissions MBA Options

In the undergraduate admissions process, Early Action is a non-binding option for applicants to get an early notification of admissions, in contrast to Early Decision, which is a binding commitment to enroll if admitted. Rolling Admissions means that your application is evaluated as it arrives rather than at a scheduled date. But what about MBA… View Article

MBAnalysis Blog: Lessons on Writing an MBA Essay from Philip Roth

With the passing of Philip Roth on Tuesday, America has lost possibly the greatest of its twentieth century novelists and essayists. If not necessarily the greatest, he is at least my favorite writer whose work I have long respected, and loved, if we can love something that is at times brutal and cringe-inducing. As I… View Article

MBAnalysis Blog: An MBA for Future Entrepreneurs? Absolutely

As an entrepreneur myself — having being involved in 4-5 startups over the last 10+ years – I am frequently asked if business school makes sense for a would-be entrepreneur. Admittedly there is a tension there, after all some of the most successful entrepreneurs never went to business school, and in fact, some never even… View Article

MBAnalysis Blog: MBA Choices – Changing Horses Midstream

Over the last few weeks, a number of Stratus clients have “changed horses midstream” so to speak in that rather than attending a full-time MBA program, they have recalibrated to go to business school part-time, or identified a different academic program – like a Masters in Finance, operations, or data analytics — that would enable… View Article

Resources for Hispanic / Latino Candidates Applying to MBA Programs

Hispanics and Latinos make up the largest ethnic or racial minority in the U.S. at about 17% of the US population, but they hold only about 4% of senior executive leadership positions in corporate America. To begin to change this trend, we need to increase the pipeline and increase the awareness in the Latino community… View Article